domain names archive

  • Nominet proposes new .uk domain name
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    Nominet proposes new .uk domain name

    By 1 October 2012

    Nominet, the non-profit organisation that looks after all net addresses ending in .uk, has proposed a new domain name that is simply that. The body wants nternet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to consider plans to offer UK-based companies...

  • Icann vote enters the web into a new domain
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    Icann vote enters the web into a new domain

    By 20 June 2011

    The web is set for its biggest shake up since the arrival of the lolcat after the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) voted to dramatically increase the number of domain endings. Currently there are 21 generic top-level domain...

  • .XXX porn domain name finally approved
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    .XXX porn domain name finally approved

    By 20 March 2011

    The governing body that decides what the top level domain names like .com and .co.uk, ICANN, has finally approved the creation of .xxx for porn websites after years of campaigning. The approval grants ICM Registry’s .XXX web suffix with the same rights...

  • XXX domain to open up web porn red light district
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    XXX domain to open up web porn red light district

    By 17 March 2011

    The .xxx domain name could go live this week - creating an online red light porn district. The porn industry has been calling for its introduction for years although, until now, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has repeatedly...

  • Paying for Sex.com
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    Paying for Sex.com

    By 21 October 2010

    Sex.com has been snapped up by an unknown (to us, at least) company based on the island of St. Vincent in the Caribbean. The notable domain has been up for grabs since July, when its previous owner Escom LLC was declared bankrupt; Clover Holdings were...

  • Five hot tips for cyber squatting
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    Five hot tips for cyber squatting

    By 15 March 2010

    Domains, domains, domains. Who doesn't wish they could go back to the pioneering days of the Internet, pick up few money making URLs and do some cyber squatting old school style in one of the few get rich quick schemes that actually worked? Well, those...

  • First registered website hits 25th birthday
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    First registered website hits 25th birthday

    By 15 March 2010

    Light the candles and clear your throat, for we're about to sing happy birthday to Symbolics.com, the very first domain to be registered on the Web, on 15 March 1985. Despite the computer manufacturer being long-gone, the website hosted by the company...

  • Web bosses delay .xxx decision
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    Web bosses delay .xxx decision

    By 15 March 2010

    Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN as it's known to its friends, has announced that it's postponing a decision on whether websites will be able to register a .xxx domain until June Proponents of the creation of the domain say...

  • Sex.com up for auction with million dollar start price
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    Sex.com up for auction with million dollar start price

    By 19 February 2010

    Next month could see a new record for the price paid for a URL as Sex.com is to go under the auctioneer's hammer in the States. The last time Sex.com was up for sale back in 2006 it reportedly sold for $14 million, but it seems the company that bought...

  • Sony acquires PlayStationArc.com
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    Sony acquires PlayStationArc.com

    By 26 January 2010

    It seems as if previous reports we brought you that suggested Sony's coming-soon motion controller for the PS3 could be called the "Arc" might well have been on the right track. While gaming site VG247 previously cited a "concrete source" speaking to...

  • .CM domains ready for pre-order
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    .CM domains ready for pre-order

    By 9 July 2009

    The African country of Cameroon does rather well out of people mis-typing domain names. For a long time, if you mis-typed a .com address as .cm, then you'd end up on an ad-filled page run by the country's domain registrar - Camnet. Not any more. The country...

  • Apple designer Jonathan Ive loses bid for domain names
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    Apple designer Jonathan Ive loses bid for domain names

    By 13 May 2009

    Apple designer, or to give him his correct title, senior vice president of industrial design, Jonathan Ive, has lost a recent Apple-backed bid to get control of domain names based around his name. Jonathanive.com, jony-ive.com, jonathan-ive.com, and jonyive.com...

  • Family loses Narnia domain name battle
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    Family loses Narnia domain name battle

    By 24 July 2008

    A birthday present for an 11-year-old Narnia fan landed a British family in a legal fight, which they have now lost. Richard Saville-Smith bought the domain name Narnia.mobi for his son's birthday present, but then found himself facing a fight with the...

  • New campaign for "English" domain names
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    New campaign for "English" domain names

    By 23 April 2008

    An English man has launched a campaign to ensure a corner of the internet remains "forever English". John Sewell of Maidenhead is hoping to raise support for a new domain name that will allow the English to show off their Englishness. Sewell has set up...

  • British sites are best for UK web users
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    British sites are best for UK web users

    By 13 February 2007

    Brits are accustomed to going straight to .co.uk domains when searching for a site, according to a new survey by YouGov. Over 60% of the 2000 or so internet users questioned said that the .co.uk ending will automatically mean that the site they're looking...

  • Vodka.com sold for $3 million
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    Vodka.com sold for $3 million

    By 15 December 2006

    A Russian billionaire has paid one of the highest prices ever for a generic domain name, shelling out $3 million for vodka.com. Broker Sedo.com broke the news as it acted as the sales agent in the deal, which is part of an attempt by Russian Standard...

  • No one wants hell.com for a million bucks
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    No one wants hell.com for a million bucks

    By 30 October 2006

    An internet domain name auction held last Friday failed to attract the bidders its sellers were hoping for. Hell.com was expected by domain asset management provider Moniker.com to be hot property, and had a $1 million reserve on it, but didn’t sell,...